Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shamu attacks...fear?

I recently read the Max Lucado book Fearless and it inspired me to do a series of messages at Fellowship of Believers (FOB) on the topic of overcoming our fears through Christ.

As I read through the book I guess I was never aware of how many times fear has been ruler in my life and altered my decisions and way of thinking. And how it continues to be the day to day ruler in many people’s lives. It touches all of us at some point and even worse, it can drive us.

What if we reacted to what life deals us with faith instead of fear?

A couple weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with my oldest son Winston.

To set this up Winston (WC) is an animal factoid nut. Right down to correcting his little brother Wyatt (Zeak) who says, “An owl can turn his head all the way around.” Winston, “Well actually no Wyatt it can’t turn it all the way around. It only looks that way. It can turn from all the way in front to, all the way in back, but not in a full circle.” Then out comes the cowboy in Wyatt that says, okay you’re smarter so I’ll just gut punch you and try to step on your neck with my boots for correcting me. Anyway, you get the picture.

So anyway, WC has been absolutely consumed with the whole “Shamu attacks” thing you’ve been seeing in the deadlines. He wants newspaper clipping and webpages printed off, wants to see internet video…everything on this whale attacking and killing it’s trainer! He’s simply fascinated by this deal.

Then were riding in my truck a couple weeks ago and he says to me, “Dad, I want to train whales someday.” I thought myself where in world did that come from? Hasn’t he been reading those stories we’ve been printing about the attack? What’s he been doing with all that stuff? So I said, “Son you know that whale we’ve been talking about attacked its trainer, right?” and “You know that it killed it’s trainer, right?” “Yes, daddy” he replied. So as we rolled up to the next stop sign I took a long pause and looked over at him and said, “Then if you know all that then why in the world would you still want to be a whale trainer it you know they could kill you?”

He looked at me with the most bewildered look on his face. Like either there was a duck billed platypus on my shoulder or I can’t believe the words coming out of my dad’s mouth! And then came the answer to my question that I’ll never forget as long as I live. “Well Daddy, Momma said when Jesus is ready to take you to heaven then He’s going to take to you. It doesn’t matter what you are doing.”

Uhhhh, who’s the pastor here?

Wow! I was completely humbled in an instant. I thought to myself, “Dang! This child has 100 times the faith that I have" Then I thought, “This kid needs to be preaching this series on overcoming fear, NOT ME, he gets it!”

I want the faith that my 8 year old has!

To open up the message series I played this video for the church. See if you can relate your fears in life to how Rerun goes through life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlWI2JJ8l4Y&feature=youtube_gdata

The LORD is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
~ Psalm 27:1, NLT